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Health Policy Newsletter

Welcome to the 2017 Legislative Session!

Stay up-to-date with our Health Policy Newsletter, bringing you weekly updates about legislative action impacting community health.

Jan 4, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Pre-Session Edition In this issue we touch on McCleary, present policy briefs, review Governor Inslee's budget, offer a guide to the players, and look at youth advocacy happening in Clark County.

Jan 9, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Inaugural Issue In this issue we give an overview of the 2017 Legislative session and what to expect. We discuss the Education Funding Task Force, review the state's mental health system in Governor Inslee's budget, and offer shortcuts for tracking bills, following agendas and schedules, and resources for following what is sure to be an interesting session!

Jan 16, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Commence the Pomp and Circumstance In this issue we review Governor Inslee's inaugural address, track bills regarding prevention and physical environments, offer resources regarding raising the age to purchase alcohol and tobacco products, and share articles and hearings we will be watching this week. 

Jan 23, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: The Pace Is Picking Up In this issue we discuss the rule change adopted by the Republican controlled Senate last week from Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib. We reviewed multiple bills related to health policy, and offered current reading and resources. 

Jan 30, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: A Flurry of Bills In this issue we examine a number of new bills that have dropped and discuss interesting events that happened in the Senate this fourth week of legislative session! As always, we offer relevant resources, articles, and interviews for you to read and watch.

Feb 6, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: McCleary, McCleary, McCleary In this issue we talk McCleary and the indroduction of the Education Equality Act. More bills are added to the tracking list and a variety of public health resources are added to the "What We're Watching" and "What We're Reading" columns. 

Feb 13, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: First Bill Cut-Off! In this issue we review the bill cutoff calendar and requirements, continue to track a multitude of bills, and offer new resources and reading. 

Feb 20, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Week Seven Heats Up! In this issue we discuss NTIB bills, learn about the House & Senate Rules Committee processes, review McCleary funding proposals, and offer new resources and reading. 

Feb 27, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: We've Made it to Week Eight In this issue we share highlights from Children's Day at the Capitol, review the language used when amending bills, and offer resources and articles. 

March 13, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Switching Sides In this issue we discuss the Levy Cliff Bill, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act and the spring revenue forecast. We also review the NTIB designation and offer new resources and reading. 

March 20, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Economic & Revenue Forecast In this issue we review the spring quarter forecast released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council and offer new resources and reading. 

March 27, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Budget, Budget, Budget You guessed it. In this issue we review the many budget updates and proposals. 

April 3, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Waiting Game! Five Budgets Out, One To Go In this issue we review the House Budget and new revenue approaches, the Senate Capital Budget, and offer resources and articles.

April 10, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Two Weeks Until Sine Die? In this issue we review more budgets, update bills and budget items we're watching, and offer resources and articles.

April 17, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: One Week to Sine Die! In this issue we talk bills, budgets and next steps. 

June 16, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Special Session Update In this issue we touch base prior to the end of Washington's second special session.

June 23, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Action Alert A call to action to get in touch with your Senators and urge them not to repeal the ACA and slash Medicaid.

July 10, 2017 Health Policy News You Can Use: Special Session Update In this issue we talk budgets, the Hirst decision, and next steps.

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Youth Advocacy Resources

Even if you're not old enough to vote, policy can still have a huge effect on your life! If you have a passion for making change, these tools and resources can help you become an even more successful youth advocate.

The attached youth advocacy guide should be used with Hannah's Tips where Hannah Stewart, Washington State High School student, talks about her on-the-ground experiences as a youth advocating in Olympia. 

Connect To These Resources:

Healthy Gen's 2017 Youth Advocacy Guide.pdf

2017 Advocacy Days & Policy Resources

  • To check on a bill, go to the main bill information site to set up a log-in account. You can then find legislation by bill number, prime sponsor or by topic.
  • Legislative Committees schedules, agendas and calendars
  • To see video, or hear audio, of any legislative meeting or floor debate, go to www.tvw.org.
  • General Information Website for Legislation, here
  • Session Committee Meeting Schedules, here
  • Summary of Introduced House Legislative Bills, here; Senate Legislative Bills, here
  • House Floor Activity Reports, here (shows live status of House floor)
  • Senate Floor Activity Reports, here (shows live status of Senate floor)

Connect To These Resources:

2017 Advocacy Days.pdf A Guide to Reading a Legislative Measure.pdf Connecting With Your Member of Congress.pdf The Course of a Bill .pdf How a Bill Becomes Law.pdf 2017-2019 Budget Updates As of April 14, 2017.pdf
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